Park Central - constructing an end
Fifteen years after work started on the redevelopment of Lee Bank in 2001, one of the last parts of the redeveloped area now known as Park Central has started construction in 'Zone 11'. The construction of 335 apartments on the corner site will conclude the massive transformation of Lee Bank, regenerating over 61 acres. The estate was constructed in the 1960s after a period of clearance after the Second World War and saw a mixture of housing and blocks of flats including four 20 storey towers.
Far from just a demolition job and the recreation of a new council estate, the aim of the rejuvenation was to provide a mixture of affordable housing and homes that would be sold on the open market – the split being around 70 per cent open market and 30 per cent affordable.http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/birmingham-park-central-ten-years-6173991
The site, which is the last part of the Lee Bank Park Central regeneration development, contained a former 116 flat tower, Haddon Tower, which was demolished in 2006 ahead of initial plans for a new spiral tower development above a supermarket, http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/business/business-news/plans-335-birmingham-apartments-end-9334970. After wrangling between Asda who proposed the supermarket on the site and Tesco who wanted to redevelop nearby Monaco House a planning application was submitted in May 2015 for a development of six blocks arranged around a central courtyard and include a small convenience store and space for a cafe and gym for residents.
The following planning images give an impression of the development.
The following photos show the site with preparation works togther with the crane that was erected on Tuesday 19th April 2016.